Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Paul Morgan, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ph.D.


In this thesis, I explore how higher education can improve their Residence and Housing Services for students experiencing housing insecurity. Incorporating a comprehensive housing plan, Housing 365 is a response rooted in supporting students through academic breaks when they can be most vulnerable. For students to be considered basic needs secure, their basic needs must be satisfied. My proposed intervention sets a standard to ensure all college students are considered housing secure. Meeting students’ basic needs requires an ecosystem where multiple systems work together to support students. This collaboration allows individuals to thrive across multiple domains including academic, economic and mental wellbeing. Basic needs insecurity, however, indicates a shortcoming in the academic ecosystem. When the whole person is neglected, the success of their desired academic outcomes is threatened.